how we got to now with our gestational carrier.
Now that I have a 12.5 week baby growing safely away in my gestational carrier’s tummy I want to share the story and timing about getting this baby girl baking! The tough part for me is this though, I know so many women are still fighting the battle of their lives going through IUI’s, IVF’s and using gestational carriers. It breaks my heart knowing while I finally get to have this experience, so many women are still fighting.
If you are still fighting, and you’re reading this, please just know below are details about our transfer trip and positive BETA test. Also know that I am thinking of you and hoping beyond all hope you have the strength to keep going. This is also a success story (after a six year battle) regarding infertility and gestational carriers, so if you keep reading maybe it will bring you hope.
Back in October I posted about who our gestational carrier is and another about how we went to Pasadena, California for some testing for our GC. While that last post is mostly true there are a few parts I left out. Like the part about how my GC’s one teeny tiny test she would be getting from my Dr. was only a very small part of that trip.
On October 15 our baby girl embryo was thawed and transferred to our GC and everything went incredibly well. The transfer was perfect, unlike the transfer and results I had from a FET in February. From a perfect embryo this time to a perfect GC, everything went perfectly.
After a few days resting in LA at my sister’s house we packed up and headed home. Then began the gut wrenching 10 day wait to see if this one stuck. It was the longest 10 days ever. Finally my GC and I went for bloodwork and got the results phone call within hours.
POSITIVE. My nurse, the one who has been by my side for years on end, called me and just said “It’s positive.” I screamed and cried through my bronchitis, sinus infection and lack of voice to my nurse. She then said our HCG levels were great at 168 and asked how many embyros we transferred… because 168 is getting into multiples range for first BETAS. The news was incredible.
Immediately after I got off the phone with my nurse I jumped in my car and drove to The Edder’s office to tell him in person.
“WE ARE HAVING A BABY!”
What followed was a day full of phone calls, a lot of ‘dolphin emergency’ like conversations and so much freaking out in joy from friends and family that we can barely remember that day. It was incredible. It was definitely one of the best days of our lives.
More on post first BETA numbers later. For now, PICTURES!